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Sugata Mitra Ted Prize

Has 'Autocorrect' Made Learning To Spell Unnecessary?

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents

Well, this is an opinion you don’t often hear in the education world. Acclaimed professor and educational researcher Sugata Mitra suggested in an...

In the Developing World, Books Are Not Dead

John J. Wood | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
John J. Wood

2013-02-27-tedprizepullFrom someone who has worked in the developing world for over a decade, it is hard to comprehend a world where traditional classrooms and libraries are no longer necessary. We need more of them, not fewer.

Fostering Creativity and Lifelong Learning in Young Minds

Carla Thompson | Posted 03.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Carla Thompson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMitra's approach to education and his call to toss aside our assumptions about the "natural" teacher-student relationship reminded me of the work of the late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.

When Will Learning's Tomorrow Come?

James Golsan | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
James Golsan

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy, when we have such incredible technological resources at our disposal, have we been so slow to implement technology in many of our schools?

Children Naturally Want To Show What They Know

Chris Abraham | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Chris Abraham

2013-02-27-tedprizepullEach and every opportunity we have to collaborate, entice, introduce, facilitate, and amplify the ideas and creations of the other -- to keep curious and engaged -- seems more than worthwhile to me.

Asking Ourselves The Big Questions In Education

Francesca Kaplan Grossman | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Francesca Kaplan Grossman

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWe know that our children are (and that we all are) more than the sum of our circumstantial parts. All have potential, imagination, hopes, beliefs, strengths, and goals -- but, often because of circumstances, not all can actualize and achieve them.

Disrupting Education With Competent Kids, The Internet, And Experimentation

Jenny Stefanotti | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Jenny Stefanotti

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMotherhood has shown me how tremendously competent children can be. Yet, the vast majority of programs that adults have designed for kids grossly underestimate what they are capable of.

An Education Revolution In The Cloud

Ram Shriram | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Ram Shriram

2013-02-27-tedprizepullSugata's efforts have shown that the traditional model may not be the only road to success. His projects illustrate that kids can learn quickly from each other with minimal adult involvement, motivated solely by curiosity and peer interest.

Opening Windows For Learners And Educators Worldwide

Bob Wise | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Bob Wise

2013-02-27-tedprizepullThe most important conclusion from Mitra's work is not about the technology, but in firmly establishing that poor children can learn and develop deeper learning competencies of creative thinking, problem solving, and self-reflection -- just like their more affluent peers.

Seeing Fire In The Clouds

Tom Healy | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Tom Healy

2013-02-27-tedprizepullTo venture into the impossible. That's what Dr. Mitra's experiments did, and out of the impossible, he came back with the incredible: an approach to education in which children learn to teach themselves, in small groups, everything from English to brain science.

Reimagine the Concept of Education

Rosemary Leith | Posted 04.30.2013 | TED Weekends
Rosemary Leith

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMitra's work shows us that (even in the most unpromising settings and with a shoestring budget) education, like the Web itself, can be "a self-organizing system, where learning is an emergent phenomenon."

If We Turn the Internet Into the World's Memory, What Becomes of Our Own?

Vanessa Lafaye | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Vanessa Lafaye

It is interesting to note that Mitra's TEDTalk is titled, "The Future of Learning" rather than "Education." This distinction seems like the heart of the issue, not only for self-organized learning environment, but more widely.

A Cloud of Human Potential

Jackie Bezos | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Jackie Bezos

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIn places where the greatest inequity exists, Dr. Sugata Mitra's "School in the Cloud" holds enormous promise for leveling the playing field. But his methodology, which taps into a child's innate sense of wonder and curiosity through Self-organized Learning Environments, is relevant for communities and classrooms everywhere.

Are You Afraid to Say 'I Don't Know'?

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy do adults fear those three words so much: "I don't know"? As parents and teachers, we tend to feel we must know everything. But how do we expect our children to learn how to learn, when we aren't willing to be role models for how it happens?

The Most Powerful Technology of All: Questions

Courtney E. Martin | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Courtney E. Martin

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIt's easy to totally lose track of our native wonder, those questions that naturally bubble up from our observations of the world and our curiosity about it. So while Sugata's wish is about children, in some ways, I feel like it's potentially going to change adults' lives even more.